Parents of new students, ages 3-8, attend a weekly Parent/ Beginner Class during the Saturday morning 11:30 a.m. group time. This class assists parents in learning to play the violin, as well as tips for practicing and helping students. During the semester, the transition from Parent Class to Student Class is made, depending on the progress of the Parents and Students. By second semester, it is a student class. In their second year of group classes, beginning students start at the 10:15 time.
New students are admitted only during the fall semester if they are under 8 years old. Students transferring from another program and older students may start at any time according to space available.
Attendance at the Parent Class ensures the parent’s success in their role as “home teacher” by giving them first-hand experience with the violin and with teaching points such as position, posture, and tone production. This is a time to build friendships with other parents and create a network of friends who are new to the Suzuki Method.
At the beginning of fall semester, new students and parents will observe private lessons and Saturday group classes. A few weeks later, they will be assigned to their own Saturday group class and will begin private lessons.
Initially, your child will need:
Eventually, your child will need a music stand, violin polish, metronome, a spare set of strings, and a mute.